Will of Thomas Sackett of Minster in Thanet, Kent, 16 October 1689, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court, 26 November 1689 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-77-345). (Researched by Michael Callé & Marion Sackett (from IGHS Tyler Collection)).
THOMAS SACKETT [Abstract by M. Callé, extended from IHGS Tyler Collection Abstracts by M. Sackett]
Dated 16 Oct 1689 Proved 26 Nov 1689
Grazier; Minster in Thanet
Wife = Jane 5/- + all household goods + house for life if she remains his widow, paying £3 a year to
executor, conditional on giving executor £100 bond to “secure him from any charge which may arise by reason of a certain child which I now keep supposed to be Robert GISBYs”.
Brother = Paul Dwelling in House so long as he remains single. Bed, furnishings, etc.
Residue & reversion of house & household goods. Executor.
John WALKER 5/-
Sister = Catherine £10
Children of John ALEN = Ann £5 at 21
= Mary £5 at 21
= Peter £5 at 21
Witnesses; Andrew WOOTEN, Wm. MILWARD, [3rd name illegible]
Inventory of the estate of Thomas Sackett of Minster in Thanet, Kent, taken 19 November 1689 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 11-53-192). (Researched by Marion Sackett).
Dated: 19 Nov 1689
Appraised by: Roger WELLS, Andrew NEETER
Value: £128 7s 6d [includes 16 cattle & 20 sheep]
[The following extract sent to Marion Sackett by Pauline Wilson from a book about Minster (title not recorded) would appear to refer to the same inventory, although it is noted that the date does not match:-]
"In the sixteenth century a man was judged by how comfortably he slept and the possession of a feather bed with all the accoutrements meant he was a moderately wealthy man. In the example below we see that the ‘best bed’ was still the single most valuable household item, although soap was another valuable commodity – six firkins being valued at £4 10s. Thomas Sackett was one of the middle rank of farmers in Minster but is unusual in that he also kept a shop.
Extract from the Inventory of Thomas Sackett, 10 Nov 1690
In the chamber over the Parlour
Item 1 feather bed, bedstead with
furniture belonging £5 0s 0d
Item 1 table, 1 forme, 6 chairs,
2 joyned stools 11s 0d
In the Hall
Item pewter, eleven flagons, 2 pewter
potts, 10 pewter dishes and
4 porringers £1 8s 0d
Item 5 chairs, 1 joyned stool, and an old
Cupboard 6s 0d
Item 1 small jack, 2 firepans, 2 pr tongs,
1 pr cole irons, 1 pr pott hangers,
2 spittles 12s 0d
Item 2 bibles and 2 testaments 5s 0d
In the Milkhouse
Item 1 table, 2 formes, 1 shott [?] 5s 0d
Item 12 bushells of salt £1 4s 0d
Item a ½ hundred weight of chesher
cheese and ½ a wey Suffolk cheese £1 8s 0d
In the Shop
Item 6 pair scales 10s 0d
Item 1 brass mentor and 3 pestle.
14 pound waith with other waiths 5s 0d
Item 1 small parcel of sugar and 1 small
parcel of fruit £1 0s 0d
Item a small runlett and small bag of rice 10s 0d
Item 4 doz. white trenchers 2s 0d
Item 4 earthenware trenchers 5s 0d."